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Colin Firth — once an awards militant, now a convert

December 9, 2009

colin firth Honesty from actors tends to be in short supply around Hollywood’s awards season. Most respond to questions about possible Oscar or Golden Globe nominations with the standard line about “the  honor” of simply being nominated.

So it was refreshing when British actor Colin Firth — still perhaps best known as the deliciously wet-shirted Mr Darcy of  “Pride and Prejudice” fame  – admitted that he used to boycott award ceremonies. Until he did just that and lost out to a rival.

Firth has already scooped up one best actor prize (in Venice) for his “A Single Man,” and this could be his  year for a first shot at Oscar glory for his critically acclaimed performance as a gay professor in the film. (Read about the film here, its director Tom Ford here, and Firth here) It seems like he might be secretly enjoying the attention underneath all that typical English politeness and restraint.

“I am far more sympathetic towards the idea of awards than I used to be, having touched one. I used to be  quite militant. I actually boycotted the first nomination I ever got (a BAFTA nomination for “Tumbledown” in 1988).

“ I didn’t show up, and I thought I didn’t care until I found out I hadn’t won, and I was mortified. It was one of the few cases when you learn something about yourself,” he laughed.

Which somehow suggests that if Firth gets his first major Hollywood awards nomination in the next few weeks — be it a Golden Globe (Dec. 15) or Screen Actors Guild (Dec. 17) nod — he will be beaming on the red carpet like a true professional.

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